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The Legend of Ben Hall (2017)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Drama | 17 June 2017 (Australia)
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Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

Director:

Matthew Holmes

Writer:

Matthew Holmes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Martin ... Ben Hall
Jamie Coffa ... John Gilbert
William Lee ... John Dunn
Joanne Dobbin ... Biddy Hall
Adam Willson Adam Willson ... Mick Coneley
Erica Field ... Mary Ann Coneley
Callan McAuliffe ... Daniel Ryan
Arthur Angel ... Edward Morriss
Jordan Fraser-Trumble ... Sub-Inspector Davidson
Gregory Quinn Gregory Quinn ... Sergeant Condell
Angus Pilakui Angus Pilakui ... Billy Dargin
Andy McPhee ... James 'Old Man' Gordon
Zane Ciarma Zane Ciarma ... Henry Hall
Lauren Grimson ... Christina McKinnon
PiaGrace Moon ... Peggy Monks
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Storyline

After two years on the road, bushranger Ben Hall considers surrendering to the law when his old friend John Gilbert entices him back into the game. Taking on a fresh recruit John Dunn, the gang ride again, before long becoming the most wanted men in the British Empire. When they are declared outlaw, the three decide to flee the colony forever. As Ben Hall seeks to make peace with his tortured past, the their trusted friend becomes a police informant. They set a cunning trap for the outlaws, and on the cold morning of May 5th 1865, Ben Hall emerges alone from his camp... and walks into legend forever. Written by Matthew Holmes

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The incredible true story of the most wanted men in Australian history. See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 June 2017 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ben Hall: Legenda See more »

Filming Locations:

Victoria, Australia See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Director Matthew Holmes spent seven years researching Ben Hall's history to ensure the screenplay, characters and plot were as historically accurate as possible. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Happy Jack uses the word 'moxie'. This word came into common American parlance in the 1930s and was derived from the beverage of the same name; The Legend of Ben Hall is set in 1860s Australia. See more »

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Drawings of the major characters (and the name of the actor portraying them) are shown before the main credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stand and Deliver: Making the Legend of Ben Hall (2017) See more »

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The Banks of the Sweet Primroses
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Performed by Glenn Richards
Sung in the Breadalbane Bar
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Back in the Australian bush of the 1860s.
22 January 2017 | by oldcarbuffSee all my reviews

Sadly, the distribution of this film is patchy, to say the least, and it will not be found in most mainstream cinemas. That is a real pity, as it is far better than many "big name" films (I'm tempted to write a spoiler here about the one we saw a few days ago) and deserves to be seen more readily. We had to travel to another town to see it.

For a film made on, essentially, a shoestring budget, the quality on all scores is excellent. The Australian bush is captured beautifully, the casting and acting is entirely credible as are the sets and production values. The script brings out good character development in the main characters and the story itself is historically accurate to the point that it could almost qualify for documentary status.

Trying hard to look for negatives, the most I could suggest is that there could have been slightly tighter editing of some of the "moody pensive" shots and horse riding. But that was a minor consideration. I also should mention the great musical score.

Definitely worth seeing to visit the Australian bush of the 1860s and to learn of one of the most legendary of our bushrangers.


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